I'm Christina Applegate.
Back in the 1990's I was county coordinator for the USGenWeb Monmouth County and I had tried to make a healthy list of all cemeteries I could find in Monmouth, transcribing when possible or reasonable. That was when findagrave was just starting and mostly included graves of celebrities. This was over 18 years ago! LONG TIME AGO in computer years. I have lived in North Carolina for the past 8 years. But enough about me.
About the Crawford cemetery.
When I was a child (OH! this is still about me!) The Crawford cemetery was on a tiny one way path between the Garden State Parkway and the "Garden State Arts Center" now called the PNC Bank Arts Center. The cemetery was badly kept, with a rusty old chain link fence around it.
As I recall, after the state selected a location for the Vietnam Veterans memorial you had to walk past the Crawford Cemetery to access the memorial, worth a visit, by the way. They HAD to improve the condition of the cemetery, which included the upgrade of a stone wall and wrought iron fence. Last I saw it was beautiful and very well protected. Back then it was only possible to enter the burial ground with advance permission and security escort. I do not know what current policy is.
The information I posted on the GenWeb was directly from the Monmouth Historical Society.
The GenWeb copyright blurb reads: Persons or organizations desiring to use this material for purposes other than stated above must obtain the written consent of the file contributor.
(laughing again) I'm the file contributor, so it shouldn't be a violation to post it here, lol. Below is a copy with what few details I had at that time. Note, there have been other versions of the list of cemetery occupants.
CRAWFORD FAMILY BURIAL GROUND,
HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY
Crawford, Elizabeth b. 1837, d. 1923
Crawford, James C., b. Dec. 29, 1791, d. Nov.23, 1883,
wife Elizabeth Smith, b. July 2, 1795, d. Apr. 3, 1876;
dau. Mary, d. July 21, 1838 aged 13.7.11;
son James, d. Nov. 27, 1833, aged 0.2.25.
Crawford, John B., d. Dec. 13, 1834, aged 77.0.16;
wife Caroline, d. Jan. 21, 1797, aged 40 yrs. and one mo.;
son Andrew b. d. Mar.4, 1814, aged 26 yrs. and 8 mos.;
son Elnathan, d. Feb. 13, 1802, aged 0 yrs and 11 mos.;
son John I., d. July 27, 1832, aged 39.5.13.
Crawford, William I., d. Mar 21, 1833 aged 43.5.10;
wife Elizabeth, d. Aug. 28, 1865, aged 65.5.23.
The burial ground is located just outside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the PNC Bank (Garden State) Arts Center, right off the Garden State Parkway.
Before the Arts Center, Memorial or Parkway were built the burial ground was described like this:
"on a hillside about one half mile east of Crawford Corners. The plot lies about a half mile from the
road to Everett and is surrounded by woods, making it difficult to find."
My how things have changed!
The inscriptions were copied March 8, 1952, by Edward J. Raser, kept by the Monmouth Historical Society
who passed a copy on to me (Christina Applegate)in 1988.
James C. and William Crawford were sons of John B. Crawford, who married Caroline, daughter of
That completes the GenWeb listing. Please note that with all these years I have made no connection to the Crawford Burial Ground, but I had pretty well given up.
My mother-in-law, a Crawford, could very rarely be urged to speak of her family, but had said her ancestors could be found at the Everette Burial Ground. We were never able to absolutely determine which cemetery this was. Would love if someone could help solve this mystery.
Another family legend is that one of my husbands ancestors sold his plow horse for a bottle of whiskey, thus no crops, thus no taxes, thus the state took the farm which later became part of the Parkway and/or Arts Center grounds.
LEGEND. No idea if there is a hint of truth to it or not. Does this ring a bell to anyone?
How about this: Does the nicname Pussy Bill from Clover Hill mean anything to anyone? Ya wanna be careful googling that one! I have no idea what that name refers to or which of our William Crawfords it was about.
I Am So Excited to finally have other people interested in this family. Thanks for getting back to me!